Kiss of Fire
Author: Deborah Cooke
Copyright: 2008 (Signet Eclipse); pgs. 334
Series: Dragon Fire (Book 1)
Who: Sara Keegan and Quinn Tyrrell (blacksmith/Pyr)
Summary: When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of tarot cards, but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind — or about to lose her heart.
Comments: First off, I really liked the world building. The dragons, called Pyr, protect humans like they protect any of the Earth’s other treasures. They do not kill humans indiscriminately. In fact, true Pyr don’t kill humans, period. There is a faction of Pyr, called Slayers, that don’t agree with the idea that humankind is a precious treasure. The Slayers believe humans are insignificant and have squandered the more precious of treasures — the Earth. They have no qualms killing people or other Pyr.
All the dragons are male, with the exception of the Wyvern — the prophetess of the Pyr — and they can live forever. They are not, however, indestructible. Very hard to kill, yes; but it can be done. To perpetuate the species, dragons must mate with human females. But not just any female, apparently. Pyr have destined mates, and there’s no telling when a Pyr will feel the firestorm that heralds his mate. Many have been waiting a very long time.
Quinn is a nice guy. Truthful, protective without being domineering, and thoughtful. He give Sara the time and space she needs to get a grip on the new reality she’s facing. For her part, Sara is a practical person who deals in hard, cold, facts. When she’s presented with irrefutable evidence that dragons are real, she doesn’t panic or go into denial. She accepts the new reality, asks questions, and reads up on the subject.
I have to say I liked Donovan from the first. His book is the next one, but it’s his POV in the prologue of Kiss of Fire. I read the sneak peak for his book and can’t wait to read it. I also hope that Rafferty, poor guy, gets a firestorm.
Start: 23 July 2008
Finished: 9 August 2008